Shazzan (TV series)

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For the titular character, see Shazzan. For the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode, see Shazzan (episode).
Shazzan
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On-screen title card.
Created by: Alex Toth
Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 9, 1967January 20, 1968
Run time: 22 minutes
Starring: Barney Phillips
Jerry Dexter
Janet Waldo
Don Messick
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Lewis A. Marshall
Music composed by: Ted Nichols
Writer(s): Sloan Nibley
Walter Black
William Lutz
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Animation director(s): Charles A. Nichols

Shazzan is an American animated supernatural action/adventure television series produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1967 to 1968, airing 18 episodes that spanned one season.

Off the coast of Maine, Chuck and Nancy discover two halves of an ancient ring inside a mysterious chest. When putting them together they are transported to the "fabled land of the Arabian Nights" where they meet the omnipotent genie, Shazzan, who can grant them any wishes, except for sending them back home. He can only perform that request once they return the ring to its rightful owner.

The entire series has been released on DVD.

Production

Development

Casting

Music

The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.

Episodes

Title Number Original air date
"The Living Island" / "Master of the Thieves" 1x01 September 9, 1967
"Valley of the Giants" / "The Black Sultan" 1x02 September 16, 1967
"The Underground World" / "Demon in the Bottle" 1x03 September 23, 1967
"Ring of Samarra" / "City of Brass" 1x04 September 30, 1967
"The Evil Jester of Masira" / "The Master Wizard of Mizwa" 1x05 October 7, 1967
"Demon in the Bottle Returns" / "City of the Tombs" 1x06 October 14, 1967
"The Young Rajah of Kamura" / "The Sky Pirates of Basheena" 1x07 October 21, 1967
"The Forest of Fear" / "Sorceress of the Mist" 1x08 October 28, 1967
"The Flaming Ruby" / "Keys of the Zodiac" 1x09 November 4, 1967
"Lord of the Shadows" / "The Diamond of El Rhapir" 1x10 November 11, 1967
"The Idol of Turaba" / "The Land of Neverwas" 1x11 November 18, 1967
"The Three Horsemen of Mandragora" / "A Thousand and One Tricks" 1x12 November 25, 1967
"The Circus of Zahran" / "Baharum the Befuddled" 1x13 December 2, 1967
"The Impossible Quest of Nazir" / "A Pound of Evil Magic" 1x14 December 13, 1967
"The Maze of Mercuraad" / "The Magical Kingdom of Centuria" 1x15 December 30, 1967
"Nastrina of the Flames" / "Quest for the Magic Lamp" 1x16 January 6, 1968
"Raschid, the Apprentice Sorcerer" / "Kahn of the North Wind" 1x17 January 13, 1968
"The Mirage Maker" / "Mysterio the Mini Magi" 1x18 January 20, 1968

Cast

Credits

These identical credits appeared at the end of every episode.

Crossovers

Title Number Original air date
Space Ghost: "The Final Encounter" 1 September 16, 1967
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "Shazzan" 2 October 1, 2006

Legacy

Shazzan had a non-speaking cameo in the first issue of Future Quest, published in 2017. It only went that far due to Shazzan not being approved for a full appearance.[1]

In 2021, Shazzan was added as a recurring character and citizen of Jellystone in HBO Max's Jellystone!

References

  1. ^ Parker, Jeff in response to @HBGrifkuba, @Cyberjaeger (May 27, 2022). "he was never one of the approved characters that we had to work with". Twitter. Retrieved June 9, 2022.